The Days That Shaped Me

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Brother and sister Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight are children of folksinger Lal Waterson of the Watersons, but despite that lineage had not pursued professional performing until this album, with Marry Waterson working in graphic design and sculpture, and Knight a gardener who eventually began to work in recording studios. As a team, Knight provides musical accompaniment to Waterson's improvised melodies. "I just sing whatever comes into my head and Olly helps me structure it," she explains in the duo's press biography. The result on The Days That Shaped Me is a series of art songs reminiscent of traditional folk songs in which Waterson's alto is shadowed by Knight's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Brother and sister Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight are children of folksinger Lal Waterson of the Watersons, but despite that lineage had not pursued professional performing until this album, with Marry Waterson working in graphic design and sculpture, and Knight a gardener who eventually began to work in recording studios. As a team, Knight provides musical accompaniment to Waterson's improvised melodies. "I just sing whatever comes into my head and Olly helps me structure it," she explains in the duo's press biography. The result on The Days That Shaped Me is a series of art songs reminiscent of traditional folk songs in which Waterson's alto is shadowed by Knight's acoustic guitar, with occasional other instruments added. "The Loosened Arrow," for instance, has percussion and a fiddle, and "Windy Day" a piano and reed instrument. Waterson is also joined by the occasional guest singer, such as Kathryn Williams, providing harmony on "Father Us" and "Secret Smile," both of which she co-wrote, and James Yorkston duetting on his co-composition, "Yolk Yellow Legged." The Days That Shaped Me makes few concessions to accessibility. It often isn't clear what Waterson is singing about in her poetic lines ("Curse the Day," says the press biography, "tackles the thorny subject of PMT," i.e., PMS), and the music hardly has a singalong quality. But it also recalls the austere, oral tradition of which the Watersons were a part.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • UPC: 020286156017
  • Catalog Number: 1087
  • Sales rank: 359,315

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Father Us - Marry Waterson (3:26)
  2. 2 Revoiced - Marry Waterson (3:14)
  3. 3 The Gap - Marry Waterson (5:05)
  4. 4 Curse the Day - Marry Waterson (2:22)
  5. 5 The Loosened Arrow - Marry Waterson (3:40)
  6. 6 Windy Day - Marry Waterson (2:55)
  7. 7 Sleeping Flame - Marry Waterson (2:48)
  8. 8 Yolk Yellow Legged - Marry Waterson (4:38)
  9. 9 Rosy - Marry Waterson (2:30)
  10. 10 If You Dare - Marry Waterson (3:26)
  11. 11 Angels Sing - Marry Waterson (4:18)
  12. 12 Another Time - Marry Waterson (3:58)
  13. 13 Run to Catch a Kiss - Marry Waterson (3:01)
  14. 14 Secret Smile - Marry Waterson (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oliver Knight Primary Artist, Guitar, Cello
Jo Freya Clarinet
Eliza Carthy Percussion, Violin, Vocals, Octave Violin
Jude Abbott Trumpet
Kathryn Williams Vocals
James Yorkston Guitar, Vocals
Reuben Taylor Piano
Doogie Paul Double Bass
Miranda Sykes Double Bass
Marry Waterson Vocals
Technical Credits
Eliza Carthy Arranger, Violin Arrangement
Oliver Knight Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Kathryn Williams Arranger, Composer
James Yorkston Arranger, Composer
Reuben Taylor Piano Arrangement
John Harrison Back Cover Photo
Marry Waterson Arranger, Composer, Illustrations
Tom Right Engineer
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